Dignitaries were filing off one side of the stage at Morgan Memorial Park Sunday night when Anthony Capobianco quietly retrieved an acoustic guitar from the other side.
The program for Glen Cove's Sept. 11 commemoration had already ended and the several hundred attendees that gathered along the water for a solemn remembrance now talked quietly among themselves.
Suddenly, a voice sang, plaintively: "Hey John. Hey. John. They said you died."
Few people paid attention, but Capobianco was performing a song he wrote for John F. Puckett, a friend and one of four Glen Cove residents killed in the attack a decade ago.
Puckett, 47, was a sound engineer at Windows on the World in the north tower and had bonded with Capobianco over music. Once, Puckett ran cables into his friend's Glen Cove basement, allowing Capobianco, 53, to say -- at least for a day -- that he had a home recording studio.
"They said you died, but they really lied," Capobianco sang, pointing his finger to the sky. "Here you are, inside my guitar."
A handful of people clapped.
As he packed up minutes later, Capobianco took a laminated lyric sheet out of his pocket, looking at the line that said "you're not so far."
And what if few took notice of the performance?
"I really sang it to him," Capobianco said. "If people weren't paying attention, that's OK."